INCREASED INCOME FOR FAMILIES
Even when families in the SVH villages have good sources of food for their families, they need money for health and education. If someone is hospitalized, the family pays for food and many medications. Public education is not free.
Although teacher salaries and buildings and some supplies and books are paid for by the municipality government, families have to spend money for uniforms including leather shoes, backpacks, notebooks and pens.
Vecinos staff teach farmers to identify ways they can make money from successful agriculture, by selling coffee tree seedlings, for example, or by fabricating organic fertilizer from forest fungus.
They train women to form support groups to teach each other to create attractive food products, such as plantain chips, from what they grow. A group of women and a few men who formed a savings and credit group in Cablotal, for example, invested in silos for basic grains and seeds so that they could be stored and kept for favorable market prices.
In villages in the south of Honduras, Vecinos has been successful in encouraging groups of youth to form businesses. One has started a business to make hammocks; another has formed a marimba band. In the SVH villages, Vecinos staff meets with groups of youth to encourage them to collaborate on projects including businesses. One group has developed theatrical performances they perform outside their village to educate people about healing the environment and leading healthier lives.